Harry Potter ‘excited for what’s next’ as Leicester Tigers exit confirmed

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Leicester Tigers wing Harry Potter scoring Credit: Alamy
Leicester Tigers wing Harry Potter scoring Credit: Alamy

Harry Potter’s hopes of playing for the Wallabies at this year’s Rugby World Cup have moved a step closer following his departure from Leicester Tigers.

The Australian-born wing, who is also eligible to play for England, has left the Tigers by mutual agreement and has been linked with a move to the Force.

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His early exit from his contract will no doubt add to speculation that Potter could be in Eddie Jones’ plans for Australia as the Rugby World Cup looms.

Impressed at Leicester Tigers

The impressive finisher, who played for Melbourne Rebels in 2019, joined Leicester in 2020 and has made 67 appearances for the Welford Road outfit.

Discussing his time at the club, Potter told the club website: “I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of this club for the past three years and to have shared in spectacular memories with everyone involved at Leicester Tigers.

“What this club has given me is far more than I could have ever imagined, not to mention winning a Premiership.

“I owe the coaches a huge thank you, to be at the club while Tigers rose back to the top is so much down to them and I thank them for their mentorship and relentless hard work, in particular Steve for having faith and giving me the opportunity and helping shape the player I now am.

“The other staff in offices, gyms and on the grounds, make this club so strong and I appreciate everything they have done to have helped create this incredible experience.

“To our Chairman Peter Tom, Tom Scott and the board, as well as all of the partners and sponsors, it has been an honour to be involved with what has been implemented over the past few seasons at Leicester Tigers.”

Potter praises Leicester fans

He added: “What makes this club even more great is the fans and the unbeatable place to play and the feeling of running out at Mattioli Woods Welford Road; the stamping above your head on the stands is truly unique. The Tigers Family have welcomed me and every single supporter makes this club so enjoyable to play for, which I will miss being able to do – in front of the loudest and best crowd in the world.

“My teammates have been a bunch of guys that make up a proper team, being able to go out there with this group was a huge privilege and particularly when we win, a lot of fun.

“I am excited for what’s next in my rugby career but also look forward to watching Leicester Tigers continue to go from strength to strength.”

The Wallabies start their international season in the Rugby Championship when they face South Africa in Pretoria on July 9 before hosting Argentina in Sydney.

Jones recently named a training squad that included Josh Flook, Max Jorgensen, Andrew Kellaway, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Suliasi Vunivalu and Tom Wright as wing options, with Marika Koroibete currently playing in Japan for the Panasonic Wild Knights.

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